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ACDSee has a good many buttons, menus, modes, panels, and toolbars, all of which can be overwhelming. It uses the pleasing black (or very dark gray) background popular among pro photo and video applications. There's no accommodation for 4K and other high-DPI displays like my BenQ QHD monitor, so menus are tiny on these screens. At least the mode buttons at the top right are big enough to be easily visible and clickable.
The program supports raw camera file formats from all the major camera models, including some newer ones such as the Canon EOS R6, Leica M11, Nikon Z 6, and Sony a7 IV. The raw import quality was acceptable, with decent sharpness and colors. Capture One and Lightroom produce the best image (left) in terms of color accuracy and sharpness. Of course, all the programs have tools that let you adjust those things, but it's good to compare what the program does by default, without requiring more work on your part.
Switching to Standard mode for the Light EQ tools presents detailed sliders that let you adjust more-specific levels, another good tool I haven't seen in other software. The Auto button only appears under the Light EQ controls when you open them, and you can click it to get the program's best-guess settings. Even cooler, you can adjust with a wand tool over the image that adjusts brightness based on the area under the cursor. It's sort of like the iPhone's "tap on the screen to set exposure and focus" feature, minus focus.
ACDSee includes tools to correct pincushion and barrel distortion based on known characteristics of the equipment used. The program correctly identified my camera model, and applied the auto-fix, making a subtle improvement to a wide-angle shot, but there were still skewed objects at the image's edges. You can increase the effect, but I missed Lightroom's Upright option, which completely aligns vertical lines. ACDSee fares even worse when it comes to chromatic aberration correction. You have to try to move sliders just so to correct it, but the defringe tool worked more automatically and effectively.
ACDSee handles cropping fairly well and is now available in Develop mode. It defaults to an unconstrained aspect ratio, which I prefer. I also like how you can hide the area outside the crop, and how spinning the mouse wheel changes the photo's angle. You can also straighten a photo with a guideline, but there's no tool for auto-straightening based on the horizon like Lightroom's. Note that the straightening tool is found in Develop mode's Geometry section.
Brushes (up to eight of them) offer feathering and tolerance settings for most Develop adjustments, but there's no subtract brush, only a Clear All Brushstrokes button. The Magic option does a nice job finding edges, even in complex areas like palm leaves. As mentioned, brush capabilities include vibrance, white balance, color overlay, color EQ (saturation, brightness, hue, and contrast), and tone curves. The last is a cool capability that I haven't seen elsewhere. You can't, however, use brushes with the Effects in Edit mode or with Skin smoothing. The Repair tool also disappointed me in that it didn't let me see the source area; even after I'd chosen a source, my result had unwanted textures applied. The Blended Clone option is better, but still gave me the same problem, though to a lesser degree. The Repair tool in Edit mode was more successful, and in that mode (see next section) you can use a brush with Skin Smoothing.
ACDSee Photo Studio Professional's Edit mode is where you find pixel-level functions such as watermarking, and text overlay. The mode sports a long list of tools down the left panel. There you find watermark, tilt-shift, grain, and Special Effect, which opens another selection of nine filter types, including artistic, distort, painting, and retro.
Some Develop tools are also found in Edit, but I'd prefer a design that keeps tools in their place, giving the Edit mode a friendlier look. Note, too, that you can go back to Develop mode after doing layer edits. Photoshop lets you use Adobe Camera Raw as a filter for this. You can open Adobe PSD files, but when I did this, layers weren't preserved.
Also new for 2023 is the AI-powered Face Edit tool. This lets you resize parts of the head, including Face Width, Jawline, Jaw Length, Chin Size, Forehead, Cheekbones, as well as many aspects of the Eyes, Nose, and Mouth. It also lets you apply digital makeup. It's the very top choice in the left-panel selection of Edits when you're in Edit mode. The tool identifies all the salient points of a face, and you can edit these points if you want.
The Smart Erase tool (only in Edit mode) is equivalent to Photoshop's Content-Aware Fill tool and does a decent job of automatically removing unwanted objects from a photo. Note the removed gray tape on the right side of the floor in the nearby image. Lest you think that this kind of tool is gimmicky or just for hobbyists, you should know that Rhein II, the most expensive photo sold ($4.3 million) up till 2014, used digital manipulation to remove people and objects.
Noise, in the Detail group, differs from Noise Reduction in Develop mode. The Edit tool offers three options: Camera, Median, and Despeckle. By default, the first option is too aggressive for my taste, smoothing out the image excessively. Median leaves the sharpest but noisiest result, while Despeckle is something of a compromise. I'm happy to see that ACDSee offers those last two modes that don't require trial-and-error moving of sliders back and forth, the way some apps do. You can also brush on noise reduction to selected areas of a shot. That said, the results aren't on a par with those you get with DxO's DeepPrime and Topaz DeNoise, which preserve detail while removing noise.
In any case, I'd rather see ACDSee put its effort into better tools for directly sending images to Flickr, Facebook, and SmugMug, rather than into creating its own web galleries. There are right-click options that do let you send photos to those services as well as to email, but they're not as robust as Lightroom Classic's equivalents.
ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate is a powerful photo organizer and editor, and the company continues to add worthy editing tools to its sizable repertoire. Especially noteworthy is its Light EQ tool, which gives you a lot of control over adjusting a photo's tone. Its array of panels, tools, buttons, menus, and tabs can get dizzying, however, and we're not sure a subscription model makes sense for this product. And despite its advances, ACDSee still trails Adobe Lightroom Classic, our top pick for pro-level photo editing and workflow management in terms of interface design and image-correction tools. Adobe Photoshop also remains unbeaten as our Editors' Choice winner for pixel-level photo editing.
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